Disney, Abigail and Reticker, Gini
The Irish Americans
In the feature-length documentary "Pray the Devil Back to Hell," producer Abigail E. Disney and director Gini Reticker bring us the extraordinary story of a small band of Liberian women who came together in the midst of a bloody, decades old civil war to demand peace for their nation. Through moral courage and non-violent resistance, these women took on the brutal warlords and corrupt Charles Taylor regime, and were instrumental in achieving peace for their shattered country in 2003.
"Pray the Devil Back to Hell," Abigail Disney’s film debut, won the Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2008 and was short listed for an Academy Award. Disney is currently developing a four-hour project for WNET/Wide Angle called Women, War & Peace.
Disney is also the Founder and President of the Daphne Foundation, a progressive, social change foundation that makes grants to grassroots, community-based organizations working with low-income communities in New York City.
A multiple Emmy and Gracie award winner, Gini Reticker produced the Academy Award nominated short Asylum, and the Emmy-nominated A Decade Under the Influence. Directing for the PBS series Wide Angle, she took home an Emmy for Ladies First, which focused on the role of women in rebuilding post-genocide Rwanda. The Class of 2006 spotlighted the first fifty women in Morocco to graduate from an imam academy in Rabat.
Because of their ancestral ties to Ireland, both Disney and Reticker were moved when Leymah Gbowee (the lead activist featured in Pray the Devil Back to Hell) of Liberia told them how the women of Ireland had inspired the Liberian women to bring peace to their country.
In October 2008, the two stayed at the Disney family home in Ireland to celebrate the opening of Pray the Devil Back to Hell at the 53rd Corona Cork Film Festival.
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